Apple Ordered to Pay $532.9 Million in Patent Infringement Case

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Apple this week lost a patent infringement case related to iTunes software and was ordered to pay $532.9 million in fines.

As reported by Bloomberg, Apple argued that it never used the patents in question, and had asked the court to invalidate those patents, held by Texas-based Smartflash.

In a statement, Cupertino said Smartflash is nothing but a patent troll.

“Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has not U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented,” an Apple spokeswoman said in an email. “We refused to pay off this company for the ideas our employees spent years innovating and unfortunately we have been left with no choice but to take this fight up through the court system.”

Smartflash, meanwhile, said the jury “worked hard” through the trial, paying close attention to facts.

“Ultimately, the jury saw through Apple’s arguments and reached the right result,” a lawyer with Caldwell Cassady & Curry, which is representing Smartflash, told PCMag in a statement. “The jury’s verdict provides well-deserved and long-overdue recognition.”

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SOURCE: PC Mag, Stephanie Mlot

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